lidocaine viscous

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: lidocaine viscous solution

BRAND NAME: Xylocaine Viscous 2%

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Lidocaine viscous solution is a local anesthetic that is applied topically to treat painful mucous membranes or throat pain associated with oral diseases and for procedures involving the mouth or throat. Lidocaine provides pain relief by inhibiting the influx of sodium ions involved in the initiation and conduction of nerve impulses associated with the perception of pain. Lidocaine is a local amide anesthetic that is thought to reversibly block nerve conduction and thereby provide local pain relief.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Lidocaine viscous solution 2% is used to treat pain and discomfort associated with irritation or inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, insertion of instruments into the respiratory or digestive tracts, and diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is not recommended for treating teething pain in children.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects are associated with the local application of lidocaine and may include stinging, burning, and mild nausea.

Serious adverse effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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